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to the Doctrine of Christ ; and to make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, wholesome exaniples of the flock of Christ? Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. WILL you reverently obey your Bishop, and other chief Mine' have the charge and government over you; following with a glad mind and will their godly admonitions ?
Answer. I will endeavour so to do, the Lord being iny helper. 1 Then the Bishop, laying his Hands severally upon the Head of every
one of them, humbly kneeling before him, shall say, TAI
AKE thou Authority to execute the Office of a Deacon in
the Church of God committed unto thee; In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
1 Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of them the New Testament,
saying, AKE thou Authority to read the Gospel in the Church of
God, and to preach the same, if thou be thereto licensed by the Bishop himself.
Then one of them, appointed by the Bishop, shall read the Gospel.
St. Luke xii. 35.
ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching. Verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
Then shall the Bishop proceed in the Communion; and all who are Or. dered shall tarry, and receive the Holy Communion the same day, with
the Bishop. I The Communion ended, after the last Collect, and immediately before
the Benediction, shall be said this Collect following. A L
goodness hast vouchsafed to accept and take tliese tlıy servants unto the Office of Deacons in thy Church; Make them, we beseech thee, O Lord, to be modest, humble, and constant in their Ministration, to have a ready will to observe all spiritual Discipline; that they having always the testimony of a good conscience, and continuing ever stable and strong in thy Son Christ, may so well behave themselves in this interior O. fice, that they may be found worthy to be called unto the higher
Ministries in thy Church; through the same thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and honour, world without end. Amen.
of , your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Fat:ier, the son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen."
And here it must be declared unto the Deacon, that he must continue in that Office of a Deacon the space of a whole year, (ercept for reasonable causes it shall otherwise scem good unto the Bishop,) to the intent he may be perfect and well expert in the things appertaining to the Ecclesiastical Administration, In erecuting, whereof, if he be found faithful and diligent, he may be admitted by his Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood, at the times appointed in the Canon ; or else, on urgent occasio", upon some other day, in the face of the Church, in such manner and form as hereafter followeth.
FORM AND MANNER OF ORDERING
I When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer
is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Priests; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also, horo the people ought to es
teem them in their Office. 1 A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in his chair near to the
Holy Table, all those who are to receive the Order of Priesthood that day, each of them being decently habited, and shall say,
EVEREND Father in God, I present unto you these persons R be The Bishop.
, apt and meet, for their learning and godly conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly, to the honour of God, and the edi. fying of his Church.
The Priest shall answer : I una hemikalier.com ben HAVE inquired concerning them, and also examined them,
Then the Bishop shall say unto the People;
to receive this day unto the holy Office of Priesi hood : for after due examination, we find not to the contrary, but that they are lawfully called to their Function and Ministry, and that they are persons meet for the saine. But yet, it there be any of you who knoweth any Impediment, or notable Crime, in any of them, for the which he ought not to be received into this holy Ministry, let him come forth in the Name of God, and show wliat trie Criine or Impediment is. TAnil if any great Crime or Impediment be, objected, the Bishop shall
cease from Ordering that person, until such time as the party accused
shail be found clear of that Crime. 1 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found mcet to be Or.
dered, to the Prayers of the congregation) shall, with the Clergy and People present, say the Litany, with the Prayers, as is before appoint. ed in the Forin of Orilering Deacons : save only, that in the proper Suffrage there arded, the word Deucons shall be omitted, and the word
Priests inserted instead of it. 1 Then shall be said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.
, Spirit hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in the Church; Mercifully behold these thy servants now called to the Office of Priesthood; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that, both by word and good example, they may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy Name, and the edification of thy Church; through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, worlal without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes, iv. 7.
ure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he as cended upon high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the Ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ : till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
11. After this shall be read for the Gospel part of the ninth Chapter of
Saint Matthew, as followeth.
St. Matt, ix. 36. WHEN Jesus saw the multitudes, he was moved with com,
passion on them, because they tainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his. disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labeurers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth Tabourers into his harvest. 5 Or aje this that followeth, out of the tenth Chapter of Saint John.
St. John x. 1. VERILY; verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the
door into the sleep-fold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thiet and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will fee from him ; for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them, but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy : I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good Shepherd : the good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep But he that is an hireling, and not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd, and know my sheep and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father : and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be ono fold, and one Shepherd.
Then the Bishop shall say unto them as followeth. YE have heard, Brethren, as well in your private examma
, and in the holy Lessons taken out of the Gospel, and the writings of the Apostles, of what dignity, and of how great importanice this Office is, whereunto ye are called. And now again we exhort you, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye have in remembrance, into how high a Dignity, and to how weighty an Office and Charge ye are called: that is to say, to be Messengers, Watchmen, and Stewards of the Lord ; to teach, and to premonish, to feed and provide for the Lord's family; to seek for Christ's sheep that are dispersed abroad, and for his children who are in the midst of this naughty world, that they may be saved through Christ for ever.
Have always therefore printed in your remembrance, how great a treasure is committed to your charge. For they are the sheep of Christ, which lie bought with his death, and for whom he shed his blood. The Church and Congregation whom you must serve, is his Spouse, and his Body. And if it shall happen that the same Churchi, or any Member thereof, do take any hurt or hindrance by reason of your negligence, ye know the greatness of the fault, and also the horrible punishment that will ensue. Wherefore consider with yourselves the end of the Ministry towards the children of God, towards the Spouse and Body of Christ; and see that ye never cease your labour, your care and diligence, until ye have done all that lieth in you, according to your bounden duty, to bring all such as are or shall be committed to your charge, unto that agreement in the faith and knowledge of God, and to that ripeness and perfectness of age in Christ, that there be no place left among you, either for error in religion, or for viciousness in life.
Forasmuch then as your Office is both of so great excellency, and of so great difficulty, ye see with low great care and study ye ought to apply yourselves, as well to show yourselves dutiful and thankful unto that Lord, who hath placed you in so high a Dignity; as also to beware that neither you yourselves offend, nor be occasion that others offend. Howbeit ye cannot have a mind and will thereto of yourselves ; for that will and ability is given of God alone: therefore ye ought, and have need, to pray earnestly for his Holy Spirit. And seeing that ye cannot by any other means compass thie doing of so weighity a work, pertaining to the salvation of man, but with doctrine and exhortation taken out of the Holy criptures, and with a lite agreeable to the same; consider how studious ye ought to be in reading and learning the criptures, and in framing the manners botlı of yourselves, and of them that specially pertain uuto you, according to the rule of the same criptures; and for this self-same cause, how ye ought to forsake and set aside, as much as ye may, all worldly cares and studies.
We have good hope that ye have well weighed these things with yourselves, long before this time; and that ye have clearly determined, by God's grace, to give yourselves wholly to this Office, whereunto it bath pleased God to call you : so that, as much'as lieth in you, ye will apply yourselves wholly to this one thing, and draw all your cares and studies this way; and that ye will continually pray to God the Father, by the Mediation of our only saviour Jesus Christ, for the heavenly assistance of the Holy Ghost ; that, by daily reading and weighing lle crips tures, ye may wax riper and stronger in your Ministry; and that ye may so endeavour yourselves, from time to time, to sanctify the lives of you and yours, and to fashion them aller the Rule and Doctrine of Christ, that ye may be wholesome and godly examples and patterns for the people io follow.
And now, that this present Congregation of Christ may also understand your minds and wills in these things, and that this your promise may the more move you to do your duties; ye shall answer plaiuly to these things, which we, in the Naine of God, and of his Church, shall demand of you touching the same. Do you think in your heart, that you are truly called, accord
ing to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and according to